I read the mostly positive reviews before coming to see Dr. Brown, and was looking forward to the experience. I was interested in having a copper IUD, and wanted to ask her some questions about it and possibly order one.
After at least an hour wait, I went into meet her. She seemed very nice and initially set me at ease, assuring me that it was a simple process. However, while helping me decide if an IUD was right for me, she told me that I shouldn't wait until my early 30s, as I am planning. I am 27. She asked if my boyfriend and I would get married, and when I expressed uncertainty, told me that I needed to move on immediately. Her stated reason for this was not that my body is much better equipped for childbirth now, but that I am "at my cutest and the most likely to attract a husband".
She literally said this. It's not like I haven't heard this common thought expressed before, but I was shocked to hear my doctor give me such antiquated advice. In theory, I appreciate the "let's get real" approach, but this was beyond inappropriate.
She left during my examination to take a phone call. And it's true, the office is very dirty. There are open trash cans, boxes discarded and left open, visible scuff marks on the examination chairs.
Judy, the woman who does scheduling, never did call me back for the IUD, as promised. I returned hesitantly after having an irregular period and strong cramping to check what was wrong, hoping it was not an early pregnancy. (It was not, and Dr. Brown only told me that "it could be any number of awful things.")
When Dr. Brown asked why I never came in to get the IUD, I gave her a look that betrayed my feelings, which she interpreted as blame. She said, "Don't look at me like it's my fault. I wasn't in your house to monitor your decisions" or something to that effect.
Helen, the office manager was very kind and understanding when I explained my reasons for leaving, so I hope it will be addressed.
In summary, I believe Dr. Brown would be a decent doctor for a conservative person about to have a baby. She is very laid back, but to a degree that I find unprofessional and even insulting. She is not someone to see for birth control, or for anyone with even slightly progressive views.
October 22, 2013